Neighborhood Story Shares

UCR graduate students at a community collection day in Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood

In order to build more inclusive histories at California State Parks, the Relevancy & History Project aims to document the experiences of a broad range of Californians, and incorporate new research into exhibits, tours, and other interpretation. Towards this, we hosted digitization days at Riverside libraries in partnership with the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside County Mexican American Historical Society, and Tesoros de Casa Blanca. We also visited with audiences at other events in the region. This ongoing effort records stories of migration and immigration, as well as the labor, agriculture, foodways, and environment of Southern California, particularly as relates to citrus.

UCR graduate students at an outreach event at the Riverside Art Museum

Do you or someone you know have stories or visual materials you would like to share? We would love to hear from you! We will digitize your items on the spot and send you home with your originals as well as digital copies. If you would like to participate, please contact us at

Frank Taylor of 1900 in Black pictured with park interpreter Steven Moreno-Terrill at the Riverside Black History Parade